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Easy night for Torrington boys in 83-40 win over Derby on the hardwood.

POSTED February 03, 2017
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: One goal down, two to go.

With their dominating 83-40 win over the Derby Raiders, the Torrington Raiders boys’ basketball team reached the eight-win mark (8-6), thus qualifying for the post season.

Not that simply making the tournament is going to be enough for this group who is made up of a core 10 players who have learned to share the spotlight nicely and without complaint.

The days of just being there are over for this team, they mean to continue their accent towards the upper layers of the Naugatuck Valley League and can solidify another goal next week with a win over a rival.

“If we take care of Naugatuck next week,” head coach Eric Gamari said. “We have an opportunity to pretty much secure the Iron Division title if we get the win over Naugatuck.”

Their third goal is to make the NVL Tournament and at present, Torrington is in the sixth spot with the top eight teams making appearances.

After starting the year 0-3, the Raiders have posted a strong 8-3 record and have continued to use a 10-man rotation throughout, something that has not gotten old for the coach.

“It’s nice,” Gamari said. “Because I think it actually wears teams down.”

Each player knows they better make the most of the minutes they get in order to remain on the court and with their break-neck style offense, having fresh legs does lead to a tired opposition.

The Raiders from the Valley are having a tough year at 0-15 and were only within striking distance of the Raiders from the north for the first five minutes when they trailed by just two at 11-9.

Torrington would close the first quarter on a 12-0 run behind six points from Dontae Thomas who has done a terrific job in the front court with the second five.

After leading by 16 at the half at 40-26, Torrington used a 24-6 third quarter to put this one away, led by a nine-point effort from Tyreek Davis.

Sophomore Joel Villanueva led the home team with 13 points while Jordan Henneberry added 12 with Davis ending up at the 11-point mark.

Here’s the rub on this year’s Raider (Torrington) team.

To date, they have beaten the teams they were supposed to beat in Wolcott (twice), Ansonia, Oxford, Woodland, Naugatuck and Derby.

Their losses have come to four city teams; Crosby, Waterbury Career, Wilby and Sacred Heart with a tough overtime loss to St Paul their only suburban loss this year.

They have a mixed schedule left to play with their next three opponents, Naugatuck, Woodland and Watertown combining to win just nine games.

After that the following three teams are not so easy with Seymour (7-6), an out of conference game against Newtown (4-9) and Holy Cross (12-2) to end the regular season campaign.

An 11 or 12-win season is not out of the question at this point and anything less would be somewhat of a disappointment.

If this team plays up to their potential and doesn’t try to do too much at times, they could be a force to reckon with come post season time.


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